Are Frozen Fruits Better For You?

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By: Amy Eifert RD

There is always confusion around the concept of fresh or frozen fruits. Which is better? They both have great benefits and can be used for different purposes. Let's dive into the strengths and weaknesses of fresh and frozen fruits and see who comes out on top!


Fresh Fruits

Strengths:

  • Ready to eat
  • Budget friendly when in season
  • Nutrient dense in vitamins and minerals

Weakness:

  • Harvested before they are ripe to allow maturing during transport
  • Transit time may take days to weeks to arrive in the supermarket
  • May be sprayed with chemicals to prevent or delay spoiling
  • May sit on the shelf in grocery store for up to a week
  • Once fruit is brought home the consumer may not eat it for up to one week
  • Some vitamins lost in the process

Frozen Fruits

Strengths:

  • Harvested at the peak of ripeness, which is when the fruit is the most nutritious
  • Most of the time blanched right before freezing, which does not involve chemicals
  • Cost effective for consumers
  • Able to keep for longer time period in the freeze

Weakness:

  • Not ready to eat
  • Some vitamins lost in the process

Both fresh and frozen fruits are a great option and excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Fresh fruits are good to have on hand for a quick snack, add to yogurt, oats, or even a salad!

Frozen fruits have a few more strengths than fresh fruits when comparing the two. They are at their peak nutrient density when packaged, without chemicals. Frozen fruits are the perfect ingredient to make a thick and creamy smoothie packed with vitamins and minerals!